16. Price of admission.
You can spend $50 or less at entry level, or part with $500 or more at the high end. Familiar polished-chrome models are the least expensive.
Finishes in oil-rubbed bronze, wrought iron, and hammered copper are a natural for vintage-look kitchens with dark woods. Once the exclusive province of specialty plumbing manufacturers, these elegant yet durable finishes are now widely available to consumers.
18. Precious metals.
Stainless-steel, brushed-nickel, and satin finishes are the fastest-growing segments of the faucet market. These finishes hide water spots while putting a stylish sparkle into the sink area.
19. Matte chrome finish.
A matte chrome finish that mimics aluminum is gaining fans among consumers. Architect and product designer Michael Graves recently chose this finish for inclusion in a splashy line he developed for Delta Faucet Co.
20. Escutcheon plate.
This decorative plate serves as a faucet base while covering unused faucet holes in the sink. You would use one of these plates, for instance, if you were replacing a two-handle faucet with a single-lever model.
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